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Lai Hot Bread Bakery

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by Gill Oscar (subscribe)
'So many worlds, so much to do, so little done, such things to be'. (Tennyson)
Published July 29th 2012
Today's lunch: as good as it looks


I've eaten lots of Vietnamese pork rolls over the years. I love the crunch of the freshly baked roll, the rich slather of paté contrasting with the crisp carrot and cucumber, the mix of who knows what sort of cold cuts, topped off with a hit of chilli, coriander and special sauce. Always made fresh to order and never overpriced.

I reckon the roll I had for lunch today is the best I've ever had. Go to the Lai Hot Bread shop at 12 Pratt Street Moonee Ponds between 7am and 4pm any Saturday or Sunday and taste for yourself.
A bag full of freshness and yum

My roll was so good that I took The Bloke back for one and photographed it. He told me the meat pies were pretty fine too, though perhaps a touch underseasoned.

I loved the generosity of the fillings, and the addition of a pork meatball to complement the cold cuts. The balance of flavours was just right for me, with a real chilli kick and plenty of fresh coriander . I missed the fish sauce flavour but the the meatball juices were a great alternative. At $5 this is 'V for value' as well as 'Y for yum'.

It isn't just me who thinks it's a great pork roll. The next customer told me she drove out of her way to go to the Lai Bakery regularly. If you know another contender for Melbourne's best, please add a comment.
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Why? Melbourne's best Vietnamese pork roll?
When: 7 days a week
Phone: 9370 2590
Where: 12 Pratt Street, Moonee Ponds VIC 3039
Cost: $5
Your Comment
Bun bun bakery on springvale rd.! Definitely the best!
by uwt_n (score: 0|2) 2896 days ago
Jenny's bakery in Camberwell
by elleb1 (score: 0|2) 2896 days ago
The one of smith st, fitzroy. Sun bakery? Yum yum yum
by Mward (score: 0|2) 2896 days ago
Nhu lan bakery, Footscray. Hands down.
by tam_D (score: 0|4) 2896 days ago
You are spot on, The pork rolls are fantastic and they also do a ripper chicken roll. The best rolls i have had .stu
by stujm (score: 0|2) 2896 days ago
I'm very lucky as I'm not too far from Springvale. I was partial to bánh mě thịt nguội but now as a vegetarian it's a bánh mě chay with extra chilli for me!
by Michelle Coates (score: 2|529) 2891 days ago
New Lan Bakery on Victoria Street. $4 for a pork roll and it taste amazing! This place is always busy which says a lot. Big variety of pastries and rolls, well worth the trip.
by steph (score: 0|2) 2891 days ago
My boss loves the Pork Rolls from the Bakery at Parkmore Shopping centre!
by jan.d (score: 2|109) 2505 days ago
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